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Will I Be Able to Get Pregnant After Weight Loss Surgery?
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/21/2017 3:34 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
Many women who are considering weight loss surgery – either in the U.S. or abroad -- are worried about how the procedure may affect their ability to get pregnant in the future. If you are among those concerned, then we are pleased to provide you with some helpful information below.
The good news is that, per the Cleveland Clinic, it is indeed possible to get pregnant. However, there are some important precautions and factors to keep in mind.
Precautions When Trying to Get Pregnant After Weight Loss Surgery
For the first 18 months after your weight loss surgery, your body will be experiencing many changes. This is not a “red flag” or something to be alarmed about. It is simply your body adjusting to the healthier and, frankly, lighter you.
During this time, it is not recommended that you become pregnant. The primary reason is not because it will necessarily put your personal health at risk (although this may be a factor). Rather, it’s because the hormonal changes triggered by weight loss surgery may deprive a gestating baby with essential nutrients.
As such, depending on your personal beliefs, for the first year and a half after weight loss surgery, you should either use an effective birth control method, or abstain from sexual intercourse until your doctor advises you that becoming pregnant is no longer a health risk to you or to a developing, vulnerable baby.
The Good News about Getting Pregnant After Weight Loss Surgery
In addition to learning that you can indeed become pregnant after weight loss surgery, we have some more good news: it is generally regarded that women with a lower BMI have a safer pregnancy than those who have a higher BMI or are obese. As such, it is possible and even likely that it will be better for you to get pregnant after weight loss surgery, than it would be before!
What’s more, as you may already be aware, the benefits and safety of weight loss surgery relate to more than how you’ll look and feel about yourself. Almost immediately after your procedure, you’ll likely experience major improvements with respect to blood pressure, cholesterol, arthritis, or diabetes. And if you’ve have been suffering from sleep apnea for years, then you may find that this condition virtually disappears as a result of your weight loss surgery.
If you’re seriously weight loss surgery, but your insurance will not cover the costs – which can range from $20,000 to over $50,000 – then contact the SkyMedicus team today.
We’ll provide you with helpful information on the advantages of having your weight loss surgery abroad, including dramatic cost savings and world-class health care that meets, or exceeds, U.S. standards. Your consultation with us is free, and there is no risk and no obligation.
Topics: Weight Loss Surgery